They’re everywhere, Les Petites Robes Noires (Little Black Dresses) and they look so clean and pretty.
Yesterday My-Reason-For-Living-In-France and I spent the day in Paris, which included lunch in a restaurant on rue Cambon, you know the same street that houses the Chanel flagship boutique ?
Never mind, I wasn’t shopping, but I was, as always, observing Frenchwomen as they walked down the street and entered the restaurant.
At least 80 percent of them were wearing some riff on the LBD, or as the French say, a PRN. Now, I know some of you might feel that it’s a waste of a nice, hot été not to be turned out in pastels, prints and a tad bit of summmery frou-frou, but I would like to argue that these women looked so sleekly chic that I found their looks absolutely inspiring.
Most were wearing dresses and most of the dresses were playing somewhere around the knee — on women of every age. One woman was in a sleeveless jumpsuit and another in skinny cotton pants and a black linen shirt, sleeves rolled up.
Since I saw so many versions of the LBD I thought I would show you how some of them looked and how I would put some together, or a combination of the two, mine and theirs.
Therefore this will be a two-part story. I can’t help myself. . .
Granted, it would have been nice if I had had my camera, but it would have been difficult to try to convince women to walk out of the restaurant for my pictures. (I promise I’ll try to muster up my courage to hit the streets again. Maybe I’ll start slowly out in my own territory before venturing onto the streets of Paris.)
What do you think about Little Black Dresses in the summer?